Furman University defensive coordinator Duane Vaughn spends most of his time obsessing about football, and although that’s part of his job, it also doubles as a useful form of escapism.
“Just with how divisive we are right now as a country, football is that rare thing that brings everybody together,” Vaughn said. “Whether you’re a plumber or a lawyer, your common bond is that fandom.”
Offering the rare chance to come together “to eat wings, cheer like crazy and high-five people you might not otherwise associate with,” Vaughn said the 2020 football season is more vital than ever.
But with COVID-19 creating an added layer of tension to those gatherings, he admits some might feel more comfortable just staying at home.
To alleviate those concerns, here are some great local spots to watch the game for those looking to social distance and stay outside.
The new brewery located at the Poe Mill development in the Village of West Greenville offers spacious outdoor seating with a massive 20-foot projection screen, large enough to see from a distance.
556 Perry Ave.
Perfect for Tigers fans, this Clemson transplant located at Markley Station features six indoor TVs and an outdoor area with picnic table seating. The spot is family- and pet-friendly, just a block off Main Street in Greenville’s West End.
116 N. Markley St.
Up on the Roof
You’ll have to be sure to get there early if you want to get a table, but with the best view in town and multiple TV screens around the indoor and outdoor areas, it’s a great spot to camp out for the day and take in the vista of the Greenville skyline.
Mac’s Speed Shop
With multiple TVs overlooking the outdoor patio area, this popular spot located on Main Street in Greenville’s West End is a good choice for those wanting a casual vibe and some great smoked meats.
930 S. Main St.
Sip Whiskey and Wine
This rooftop spot in downtown Greenville is great for those who want to watch football — or those who just want to watch the people strolling down below on Main Street. With multiple televisions both inside and outdoors on the open-air rooftop, it has ample space to social distance in the fresh air.
103 N. Main St.
For those comfortable with hopping in the car and taking a trip to Clemson, Lakeside Lodge is the closest you can get to the game without actually entering the stadium. With a spacious field, tents, an outdoor bar, a pavilion and the game playing in every direction, this is your best bet for replicating the traditional tailgate experience.
13500 Clemson Blvd.